Christmas Carols, Ancient And Modern

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Being a Looking-glass for rich Misers, wherein they may see (if they be not blind) how much they are to blame for their penuĀ­rious house-keeping, and likewise an encouragement to those noble-minded gentry, who lay out a great part of their estates in hospitality, relieving such persons as have need thereof:
" Who feasts the poor, a true reward shall find, Or helps the old, the feeble, lame, and blind."
To the tune of" The Delights of the Bottle"
All you that to feasting and mirth are inclin'd, Come here is good news for to pleasure your mind, Old Christmas is come for to keep open house, He scorns to be guilty of starving a mouse : Then come, boys, and welcome for diet the chief, Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies, and roast-beef.
A long time together he hath been forgot, They scarce could afford for to hang on the pot; Such miserly sneaking in England hath been, As by our forefathers ne'er us'd to be seen ; But now he's returned you shall have in brief, Plum-pudding, goose, capon, minc'd pies, and roast-beef.

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